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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Divine intervention?

The Republican Party likes to present itself as having a direct line to a Higher Authority. But there appears to be some static in that connection these days.

Another powerful hurricane is bearing down on New Orleans -- at the mouth of the Mississippi River -- while Republicans are gearing up to meet at the mighty river's head in St. Paul.

How could this scheduling conflict go unnoticed upstairs?

Obviously I'm hoping New Orleans is spared the agony of another disaster. But it's hard not to wonder if this is some form of Divine Retribution -- having the American public relive the second greatest mistake of the past 7 1/2 years of GOP rule just as John McCain prepares to assume the GOP crown from George Bush.

It's also important to remember it was not Katrina herself that caused the greatest damage. No, it was the failure of the levees that surround New Orleans which wreaked the most havoc. That and the abysmal response of Bush and his FEMA team led by Mike "Heckuva Job" Brown.

This time we are being told repeatedly that FEMA is on the case -- and New Orleans is already being evacuated. I should hope so. Its residents are certainly far smarter than the local, state and federal bureaucrats who botched it last time.

But while hoping for the best, you have to wonder if the levees are up to another round. Repairs have be slow and even the Army Corps of Engineers isn't guaranteeing anything.
"There are gaps in the system, but the system is stronger and better than ever," said Bill Irwin, program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is charged with the upkeep of the city's levee system.
Memo to GOP convention planners: have the video link connection to the Bush Monday night speech fail. The last thing you want is Bush bashing the Democrats while New Orleans deals with another hurricane.

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Blogger lovable liberal said...

Looks as though we're on the same page. It's good to have company.

August 31, 2008 11:26 AM  

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